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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Mar 28, 2009 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Get out the way

(*) First Tape Thread (*)

Ah, that first tape smell, taste, sweetness, played the shit out of it, that fuckin hiss, that time(s) the shitty tape player tried to eat it back the woods camping and you had to re-roll it with a cigarette or your so-called-best-friend who ran off with the tape, never returned it or, "Man, I lost it dude, so sorry..." ---- > Your First Grateful Dead Tape!

I must have been 15 when one of my sister's old boyfriends gave me a tape that read 2/9/73 Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Palo Alto, CA on it. I was so happy, it was the summer time and all I had was time to listen to that tape. It went everywhere with me, mom's car, friends' cars, home stereo system, shitty decks back the woods at parties and in my yellow sony headphones.

Around the time I was getting more gems, this tape grew legs and hopped into one of my friend's pockets, I never saw it again. Though I did get another copy later and a digital FLAC copy many moons after that.

So, what was your First Tape(s) and story? Please share...

Been jammin to this classic all night, Here Comes Sunshine!!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-02-09.sbd.ashley.12571.shnf

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 28, 2009 8:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

My first tape was what is now "One From The Vault": Great American Music Hall, 1975

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 30, 2009 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

I've actually got 2. A friend gave me 8-28-81 Long Beach arena to make a copy of and while searching through all the tapes in my house to find a blank I stumbled across an unlabeled tape and when I checked to see if there was anything on it, my face almost melted. I had no idea what it was at the time but when I listened to it I was transformed. I later found out the tape was 2-13-70 and how my parents had it in their tape collection is still a mystery. They played dumb when confronted with the evidence so I confiscated it of course. I later found a nice original lp of Euro 72 in my Fathers attic but he wouldn't let me confiscate that. Hmmmmm I sense sentimental psychotropic attachment. Clearly more investigation is needed.

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Mar 28, 2009 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

It must of been the 12/31/71 or 72 show? Those were the days; when you could record several shows right off of the old KSAN 94.9 fm in the City. There was nothing better than smoking dope and listening to the Grateful Dead until the wee hours of a New Years morning...

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Poster: TrexRanger Date: Mar 28, 2009 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

my first tape was 10/16/77 baton rouge... I was sitting on a beach in Baja that christmas with a few Marines... That really sparks the memory.

This post was modified by TrexRanger on 2009-03-28 18:12:27

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Mar 29, 2009 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

78-09-16 gizah
//ollin arageed>fire>>>>>trucking// (90min)

a friend gave it 2 me, a month or so after the actual concert took place

still my favourite fire and 1 of my fav dead shows

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 28, 2009 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

In 1972, I heard an AUD reel-to-reel from Hartford, from an outdoor stadium. I've looked around here for this thing and I can't find it. I just remember hearing Not Fade Away being "wilded" and smoked off the planet - I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The guy with all the tapes - his name was Jimmy Watson. That's when I became a hard-core Dead-head.

In 1972, Jimmy had copies of the infamous broom-closet tapes that were circulating out of Princeton. Bill Gadsden has recently written about how these stealth reel-to-reel SBDs were taped at Filmore East, April 26 - 29, 1971. These include the Duane Allman and Beach Boys jams.

I became a Taper, and purchased my own kit. I taped about 10 GD shows in 1973. My gd73-06-09 and gd73-06-10 AUD-fob tapes circulate here. Jerry Moore and I both independently taped Roosevelt Stadium, July 31, 1973. Jer's b'day happened at midnight. It was a complete meltdown. I was taping fob w/ my Nakamichi 550. I had an E/V RE-15 attached to the top of a 10-foot pole. I swiped the pole from a pile of scaffolding rubble by the entrance gate. A gigantic Hell's Angel security dude came over to me during the Johnny B. Goode closer. He confiscated my tape.

Jimmy Watson folllowed that dude backstage. He came back w/ my tape 10 minutes later. Jerry Moore's AUD circulates on here for this date. It's all good.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 28, 2009 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

My first tape was an old Ampex--that's right, Ampex--of Lehigh Univ. 9/25/81

I had heard plenty of other bootlegs before but this was the first one I'd owned, given to me by my girlfriend as a birthday gift when I was 15 or 16 years old. Her Uncle was a Dead Head who had a pretty decent collection, and a couple years later took me, her, and two of our friends to a concert at MSG in 1983. It was October. He had connections at the Garden and had us in the 6th row.

And yes, that was the night they broke out the first St. Stephen in 5 years.

Back to that old Ampex, though...I kept it with me way past the point where it was listenable on any level of tolerability. Just couldn't part with it. For one, it's a fantastic show....I could not stop listening to the Scarlet>Fire, no matter how hissy the tape got. (And really, there are no existing good sound sources for this show anyway, so it was a REALLY hard kisten...but that just speaks to how great the show is that I kept going back).

As the tape quality deteriorated, I compensated by re-writing the set list in newer tape sleeves...I would lovingly write out each song in the best handwriting I could muster, as if that would somehow keep the tape fresh.

It made it with me all the way thru college, and then after several moves to different places I lived after graduation. Finally one day the tape just started dragging worse than usual, and it just snapped in the player...gave up the ghost.

When I first discovered the acrhive it was one of the very first shows I DL'd.

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Poster: high flow Date: Mar 28, 2009 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

I stole my brother's copy of 12/31/1982......hissy and warbled.....but the Etta James portion always(miraculously) sounded perfect.

A few years later a good friend gave me a box-o-bettys......life was never the same.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 28, 2009 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

I have just converted a Maxell (sorry GC, only a couple of Ampex around the house) tape of the famed (?) Kingfish show in March, 1976, at the Roxy, and it sounds amazing...you could not detect the difference, I daresay, from any number of the top recordings here at the archive...I am constantly amazed by how good these tapes sound, 30 yrs later...I will admit they have NOT been played much the past 20.

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Poster: JC Edwards Date: Mar 29, 2009 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

06/16/74 State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines,IA

That Eyes is to die for! :-)

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Mar 28, 2009 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

My first was 7/18/76 which I taped off the radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour the night it was broadcast in late '76/early '77. The broadcast was of the second set beginning with Lazy Lightning. It's still one of my favorite shows and contains my favorite versions of Wharf Rat & Stella Blue. My best memory is playing this tape about a week or two after I recorded it driving in my car while taking a "shortcut" on a narrow deserted country road, road covered in ice, smoking a joint, trying not to slide off that forsaken road into a ditch and hearing a live version of The Wheel for the first time ever. The words seemed to speak to what was happening on that road when I was beginning to think I would never make it through all that ice. "The wheel is turning and you can't slow down, you can't let go and you can't hold on. You can't go back and you can't stand still. If the thunder don't get ya then the lightening will!" So perfect! "Won't you try just a little bit harder? Couldn't you try just a little bit more? Little bit harder. Just a little bit more. Little bit farther than you've gone before.."

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-03-29 03:01:09

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Poster: daliguana Date: Mar 28, 2009 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

First tape was Bonner Spings, KS 6-24-91. My 'sid dealer turned me on to it. I'd been listening to the albums for 2 years by this time. That def'nly got me on the bus - a little late, but I was only 21 in 91, so right on time - too bad it took me another four years to get to a show . . .

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Mar 28, 2009 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

Jumpin Jesus -- Holy Cow, now that I think of it, I received my first tape on my 15th birthday from that dude, any guesses on the date?

6-24-91 -- nice one!

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Poster: craven714 Date: Mar 28, 2009 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

no guesses on the date..but grate question

I was turned on by some guy named Trey (no, not that one)
when I was 16 (no guessing on the dates there either) with
a tape labeled Grateful Dead > 9-20-70..... I have never looked back since.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Mar 28, 2009 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get out the way

Interesting story...thanks for sharing.

No art work for your special show, my friend?

I was only listening to studio and Ero '72 before my tape came to me. Jack Straw, St. Stevie and Ramble On Rose were my favs, and still rank up there. Live Dead, beat the shit out of that CD in the 90's. Shakedown was a big studio album for me in high school.